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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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(Len-,) Leyn-, Lean(n)ing-sto(c)k, n. [e.m.E. leanyng-stok (1530).] A leaning-post, only fig., a reliable support or help. — 1565 Cal. Sc. P. II. 265.
[Your friendship has ever been] ane speciall leyning stok to me
1581-1623 James VI Poems I. 177/588.
The learnit & the uyse [doctors are] Healthis leanning stokkis & bannisheris of euerie death & pest
1635 Dickson Wr. 95.
It is to them a sweet leaning-stock, to rest and comfort them

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